The Cup of Excellence winning lots were auctioned on October 18th for an average price of $9.19 per pound. All 23 winning lots sold well above the floor starting price $5.50 per pound with the first-place coffee awarded to Kibingo washing station in Kayanza, selling for $52.30/$52.20 per pound to buyers; Maruyama Coffee Company (Japan), Sarutahiko Coffee (Japan), Difference Coffee (UK), Good Boy Coffee (USA) and Nippon Coffee Trading Company (Japan). Kibingo, operated by Greenco, has 3,500 farmers who contribute their coffees. 248 growers contributed their coffee for this winning lot and the earnings will be equally distributed to all growers by Kibingo (Greenco) washing station. David Nshimirimana, the owner of the 10th winning station, Munyinya, said of his farm located in Kayanza, “My first coffee farm started with 400 trees. I invested much and today I have 12,000 trees of coffee with my six farms.”
Burundi is unique within the Cup of Excellence structure, with washing stations positioned centrally within regions of Burundi who then receive cherry from multiple farmers who are either cooperative members or sell their cherry to private stations who pay for receipt of cherry. With many of these Coffee Washing Stations (CWS), multiple farmers make up each winning lot. Other communes and regions (sub-districts within regions) included: Gatara, Mwumba of Ngozi region, Nyamurenza, Buyengero of Rumenge region, Buraza of Gitega region, Kabarore and Kiremba.
The international jury was represented by 15 countries: France, Spain, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Costa Rica, United States and Burundi. Lots in this auction have been cupped at least 5 times by the national and international jury, representing nearly 9,000 cups of evaluated coffee samples. Cup of Excellence is the most rigorous cupping competition, with the lowest score for Burundi at 86.86 and the high achieving 90.45 for the winning lot.
“The return to Burundi after an absence in 2016 is especially rewarding for the program. Our partnership with both Intercafé and Arfique goes back to 2012. We are also grateful that the World Bank’s institutional assistance and partnership has given us additional footing to operate in Burundi,” said Darrin Daniel, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence.
About Alliance for Coffee Excellence & Cup of Excellence®
Alliance for Coffee Excellence is a non-profit global membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence in coffee. Cup of Excellence, a program which gives out the most prestigious award in coffee, has affected thousands of farmers. Its unmatched focus on quality discovery, farmer premiums and transparency has changed the specialty coffee industry. For more information about membership, juries and to register for the Cup of Excellence or national winning samples and their auctions log on to allianceforcoffeeexcellence.org. Upcoming 2017 auctions include: Perú, Colombia and Brazil’s Pulped Natural and Natural.
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